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2018 Rocky Mountain Storytelling Concert and Conference

“Change the Story, Change the World” April 20-21


The art of storytelling is on fire! From porch fronts and coffee shops to boardrooms and classrooms, at storytelling festivals and at story slams, people are re-discovering what science is starting to confirm: Humankind views the world through story.

Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference has kept that story fire going by sponsoring storytelling events for nearly four decades.They will be presenting a weekend of story events Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, in Golden.

Kick back from 7-9 on Friday evening with Stories in Concert, headlined by Storytelling World Award Winner Lyn Ford, a fourth-generation storyteller whose roots as an African-American from Appalachia *(Affrilachian) inspire her “Home Fried Tales” and her work as storyteller, author, educator, mentor - and yoga laughter coach. In all, four varied and gifted storytellers will create a mellow evening of entertainment that will appeal to everyone from the oldest grown-up to kids over 10.

Want to use story in your life, job, or life’s work? Or just want to learn more about storytelling? The Saturday Conference, “Change the Story, Change the World,” will explore the power of story through a full day of workshops, classes, and storytelling, with something for everyone from the hesitant beginner to the professional storyteller. Featured storyteller Lyn Ford will present keynote talks “Change the World, One Story at a Time” and “Heartworks: Storytelling and the Wisdom of Caterpillars”.

Saturday evening, 7-9 p.m., the weekend finishes with a bang - or rather a Slam - a Story Slam. Theme: “World Changing.” What!? Competitive storytelling? Come see! Or come if you feel like putting your own name in the hat for a chance to strut your storytelling stuff.

Tickets are available for just as much story as you’d like — the Friday Evening Concert, the Saturday evening Story Slam, or the whole Conference that includes Concert and Slam. Tickets and full information are at rmstory.org. Get your tickets soon and get fired up for Story!


April 20 - The Friday evening Stories in Concert will feature four acclaimed storytellers — Lyn Ford, Yvonne Healy Cooper Braun-Enos and Joan Janis With their remarkable range of life and story experience, these tellers share an evening of personal and traditional tales that will delight your imagination, your funny-bone, and your heart. The concert is Friday, April 20th at the Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Adults and kids, 10 and over, will be captivated by true and not-so-true tales brought to life on stage. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at rmstory.org. Limited tickets available at the door. Purchase early to reserve your seat.

April 21st — Saturday’s all-day STORYTELLING CONFERENCE , “CHANGE THE STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD” is for anyone who wants to take their storytelling skills to a whole new level through classes, workshops, and more samples of storytelling. Featured storyteller Lyn Ford will present keynote talks on the power, including the healing power, of story. There will be interactive storytelling workshops offered by storytellers from Colorado and beyond. Conference registration includes Friday night’s Concert, Saturday’s Story Slam, and lunch and munchies on Saturday. For details on the conference, registration, and buying tickets, go to rmstory.org.

April 21st — On Saturday evening come to the STORY SLAM, a fun and energetic format of five-minute stories with tellers, whose names are drawn from a hat, competing for prizes and bragging rights. Come for a chance to share your favorite story and your storytelling skills, or come to sit back and listen to a great evening of live storytelling. Tickets are $10 and available online at rmstory.org. Limited tickets available at the door.

April 22nd —

Sunday Afternoon Master Class presented by Lyn Ford

Spinning the Yarn: A Coaching Session

Bring 5 minutes of story — a complete 5-minute tale or a 5-minute section of a tale that you feel needs work — for feedback and refining through encouraging coaching techniques. Lyn will help you twist together the threads of your story. Learn from a master storyteller while having fun!


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